This summer, the project achieved an exciting milestone. Thanks to our expert advisors, Evelyn Moorkens and Ian Killeen from Ireland, we were able to confirm live juvenile mussels for the first time in over 50 years. The juvenile mussels which had previously encysted on brown trout dropped off at our captive rearing facility in North Devon. This enabled us to collect them and return them to the River Torridge in specially selected locations. The captive breeding programme is currently in its second year, and during October 2017, the project was able to confirm a second year of successful glochidia (larvae) attachment on host fish.